Declan Burke

    Leisure Club Manager

    I manage The Ardilaun Leisure Club with the help of a wonderful team of sales and leisure instructors.

    I am a fitness enthusiast who has spent over 20 years involved with leisure clubs and promoting health and fitness in the sporting sector. I have gained vast amounts of experience in membership control and fitness trends and I enjoy being on the ground floor observing, meeting and greeting the members and guests of the club.

    At the Ardilaun we believe in creating a homely facility that incorporates great rapport between staff and customers and delivering this brand on a consistent basis.

    I hope to see you soon in the club looking after your Health and Fitness as we all know Your Health Is Your Wealth.

    Barbara Cashen

    Leisure Club Sales & Accounts Manager

    I have been part of The Ardilaun team since 2008 and oversee the sales, accounts, marketing, photography and social media of the club.

    The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting the customers and insuring they have a happy experience here at the leisure club.

    In 2021, after selling fitness for so many years but not being very active myself - I decided to get on board and do something for me and I am absolutely loving my fitness journey, I have walked every day this year and finally made it into the gym for some workouts and find it great for the mind as well as the body so it’s never too late to start!

    The biggest motivation for me is seeing people realizing their potential. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great and we have a wonderful team of fitness instructors here to help you on your way!

    For membership queries send me an email at

    Emmet Grehan

    Supervisor / Class Instructor / Lifeguard / Personal Trainer

    I'm very passionate about health and fitness so it is amazing that I work in an environment where I get to share my knowledge and support and encourage others in health and fitness. As well as personal training I teach a variety of fitness classes including circuits, spinning, kettlebells and our very popular Galway HIIT classes. I'm currently studying strength and conditioning with Setanta College.

    When I’m not on shift you might see me around the gym lifting weights or on a pitch playing rugby!

    Remember fitness is a journey, it doesn’t happen overnight and if you need someone in your corner to encourage, motivate and help you along the way, I’m here for you.

    Viktoria Szalmasne-Karako

    Leisure Club Attendant / Lifeguard

    I have been working here at the club since 2015, having started off as a cleaner I progressed to where I am now – a lifeguard and leisure club attendant, I really enjoy my job and love the variation of my role.

    When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and working out.

    Always happy to say hello and have a chat with members, so please say hi.

    Tara Walsh

    Swim Teacher / Lifeguard / Class Instructor

    I am a very calm yet enthusiastic individual, I really enjoy working in the gym environment and meeting members. I also enjoy taking group classes like Spin, Circuits and Aqua Aerobics and I teach kids and adult swim lessons.

    Outside of The Ardilaun, I am an S/A teacher and CrossFit trainer.

    I look forward to seeing you in the club.

    Jessica Patten

    Swim Teacher / Lifeguard

    I am working part time while continuing my studies in NUIG. I joined the club as a lifeguard and have expanded my interest for swimming by becoming a swimming teacher. I have now taken on the role of teaching both private and group swimming lessons.

    On my spare time I enjoy running and playing camogie.

    Neil Kelly

    Leisure Club Attendant / Lifeguard

    Hi I am a student and I work part time as a leisure club attendant here in the club.

    Outside of work I enjoy playing basketball and getting the odd gym session in.

    Daniel Nolan

    Leisure Club Attendant / Lifeguard

    Hi I’m Daniel, I have only recently joined the Ardilaun team as a part time pool lifeguard.

    I enjoy all things Health and Fitness and look forward to seeing you in the club.